Masonic Building – Kerrville, Texas

This Historical Marker is located at 211 Earl Garrett St. in Kerrville, Texas. This is an Italianate style two story building designed by Texas Architect Alfred Giles who was know for his use of the round arch parapet.

081At the end of the 19th century, one of the most important businessmen and landholders in Kerr County would be Charles Schreiner. He is responsible for the construction of the Masonic Building in Kerrville. The land was purchased by Schreiner in 1883 and the building was built in 1890.

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Masonic Building – Photo by Historic Photographer J. E. Grinstead from Grinstead Magazine, June 1920, pg. 46 (photo may be of earlier date)
Alfred Giles also designed other buildings in Kerrville. He designed the Kerr County Courthouse, the jail which was demolished in 1926, the Schreiner Store and Bank (1882), the St. Charles Hotel (1884) which no longer exist, and even the Charles Schreiner residence.

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Masonic Building- Photo by Partain Photographs August 1983
Masonic Lodge No. 697 A.F. & A.M. occupied the building from 1891 until Charles Schreiners death in 1927.
The first floor was initially the US Post Office (1918-1926) then it was leased to CC. Butt Grocery which was the beginning of  H-E-B – Kerrville, Texas 
Masonic Building – Photo year 2018
Historical Marker Reads:

Masonic Building

This locally quarried limestone building is a good example of late Italianate-style architecture. The facade features rough and smooth-dressed stone, arched windows and doorways, stone quoins, and a projecting pressed metal cornice. Charles Schreiner formed the Kerrville Masonic Company in 1890 and Kerrville Lodge No. 697 A.F & A.M. met here on the second story until 1927, when they moved to Schreiner’s former house and rented the space to the Odd Fellows. The ground floor has housed the local post office, C.C. Butt and Texas Power and Light. The property remained in the Schreiner family until 1959.

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark Year 2008

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